The New York Jets drafted 6'6, 284-pound defensive end Quinton Coples out of North Carolina with the 16th overall selection in 2012. The good news is that he led the team in sacks. The underwhelming news is that he had 5.5 of them. Overall, the team had just 30 sacks on the season, and while Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson are on the defensive line already, it seems like another pass-rusher would help get the defense to where Rex Ryan thinks it belongs.
Is that player going to be Bjoern Werner out of Florida State? Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com thinks it's possible in his latest mock draft:
This is a questionable fit, but just looking at the Jets’ pass rushers, Werner is listed at the same weight (or lighter) than both Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas. He might not have a ton of experience in space or fluid hips, but Werner could be considered the best pass rusher left on the board.
NFL Draft Scout ranks Werner as the top defensive end in the draft, ahead of Damontre Moore and Barkevious Mingo. The picture should get a little more clear after the combine and pro days, but it's going to be really hard to know which players would be available for the Jets at the ninth overall pick and which direction New York would go with the selection. There are many holes that could feasibly be addressed at the top of the draft for the Jets, including quarterback.
Is a QB going to be the right way to go, or would it be too hard to pass up on Werner if he were there?